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Nia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Philadelphia

About Nia

What is Nia?

Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 45 countries. Trainings are designed for those seeking personal enrichment and professional development. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. Step into your own joyful journey with Nia, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live.

How does Nia work?

Nia draws from Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, jazz dance, modern dance, Duncan dance, yoga, Alexander Technique and Teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body: the base, the core and the upper extremities. Stiff beginners and highly fit athletes alike can adapt Nia to meet their needs by choosing from three intensity levels. Consecutive trainings collectively explore 52 principles for personal enrichment and professional development. Read testimonials from people of all ages, backgrounds and locations.

Why was Nia created?

Nia’s purpose is to grow a worldwide community of healthy people who are empowered to do great things. We believe every person can discover, explore, unleash and enhance their individual potential to live a fulfilling and meaningful life – by engaging their senses and listening to their bodies. With the right tools and education, we can increase our confidence and happiness. We can become connected to others to shape a consciousness that extends beyond our own. Together we will unearth possibilities never before imagined.

Our Classes

Rebecca Narva

Classic Nia Class

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5:30pm

Day: Monday

Time: 5:30pm

Location

1926 Greentree Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003, USA

Cost

Drop in classes for $13

5 class card for 6'weeks - $50

10 class card for 10 weeks - $90

Ask for student and senior rates.

Notes About This Class

This will be a Classic Nia Class, appropriate for both  beginners and experienced Nia students.  We will focus on your experience of your body to access the delight, and healing health that  shows up when you PLAY DEEP and FOLLOW YOUR JOY.  We will sample the routines from more than 35 years of creativity always with the goal of liberating our passionate  aliveness through movement and music.  And the opportunity to build greater fitness is present in every class so that when you are ready, you can go deeper into strength, cardio health, flexibility, and agility.  Come and discover that you are a dancer exactly as you are right now, and then let the doors of expression open even further on your limitless possibilities.  FUN. SWEAT. BLISS.

Lisa Zahren

Classic Nia Class

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8:30am

Day: Monday

Time: 8:30am

Location

601 West Allens Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119, USA

Cost

Class is $10 drop-in. A class card is $90 for 10 classes and usually expires in 3-4 months. Ask me about the details. 

Notes About This Class

I am particularly drawn to the healing elements of Nia, working on aligning the body, noticing our habits, moving things that are stuck and radically changing our brain patterns to make healthier choices. Come start your Monday morning off with some Nia!

Lisa Zahren

Classic Nia Class

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9:30am

Day: Friday

Time: 9:30am

Location

601 West Allens Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119, USA

Cost

Starting September 30, 2016 my next series through Mt Airy Learning Tree will begin. (no class 10/14 , 11/11).  

It is $59 for a six week course. Register: https://aceweb.mtairylearningtree.org/CourseStatus.awp?&course=16FDA10

Notes About This Class

This class is a perfect introduction to the practice of Nia. For the course, we will explore music and choreography at a gentle pace to train our bodies to move with ease while sweating, building strength and cardiovascular endurance. 

Rebecca Narva

Classic Nia Class

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10:00am

Day: Monday

Time: 10:00am

Location

201 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Cost

Outside Students $13 drop in

Notes About This Class

Classic Nia with emphasis on safety and attention to special needs of students. Beginners welcome. All levels of intensity are included in class so appropriate for all fitness levels.  Students coming from outside, please contact me so I can greet you and direct you to the studio.  Spaces are limited. 

Lisa Zahren

Classic Nia Class

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11:00am
Classic Nia

Day: Monday

Time: 11:00am

Location

1111 Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA, United States

Cost

This is a FREE class that focuses on more gentle movement and is designed for people whose lives are currently affected by cancer. 

Notes About This Class

Please note the entrace to Focus Fitness is on Water Street. There are two entrances, the second one halfway down the block is where you enter and check in at the front desk. If it is your first time, please be sure to come a few minutes early to register (even though it is free). This class is a co-sponsored program between the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia and Focus Fitness. 

Rebecca Narva

Classic Nia Class

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12:00pm

Day: Thursday

Time: 12:00pm

Location

201 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Cost

Staff class but residents and other students welcome. Residents $10. Outside students $13.

Notes About This Class

Classic Nia for all levels of fitness. Intimate beautiful studio. Students coming from outside please contact me ahead of time as spaces are limited and I will show you to the space before class.  

Rebecca Narva

Classic Nia Class

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5:00pm
Classic Nia

Day: Wednesday

Time: 5:00pm

Location

1919 Greentree Road, Cherry Hill, NJ, 08003

Cost

Drop in $15.  Class cards, 10 classes for  100$.

Notes About This Class

Classic Nia with an athletic edge. All beginners welcome and class taught for all levels of intensity.  My classes are characterized as energetic, playful and revitalizing.  Expressive movement, voice and  clothing all highly encouraged.

Rebecca Narva

Classic Nia Class

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5:30pm

Day: Thursday

Time: 5:30pm

Location

201 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Cost

Students coming in 13$ drop in.  

Notes About This Class

  Classic Nia, open to all fitness levels. Our focus is safety, ease and fun. Be ready for expressive movement, voice, and clothing!! Beginners welcome.  All students coming from outside, please call me ahead of time so I can greet you and direct you to the studio.  Spaces are limited.

Denise Gilchrist

Classic Nia Class

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5:45pm
Classic Nia

Day: Tuesday

Time: 5:45pm

Location

519 Lancaster Ave, Malvern, PA 19355, USA

Cost

Registration Fee: $ 36.00 (for group of three classes)
Meets: June 7, 14 and 28 2016 (3 Tuesdays)

Two ways to register  

1) visit:  www.thriveyogacenter.com or call 610-889-1615

2) or simply email Denise (your instructor) at flowerdance@verizon.net

Notes About This Class

Please note that this class will meet for three Tuesdays in June (6/7, 6/14 and 6/28)

Why does Denise teach Nia?

Sharing the first Nia principle, “the joy of movement”, with my students sums it up best for me.  Nia’s choreography provides just enough structure to offer bodies of all shapes, sizes and ages the freedom to express their own uniquely beautiful spirits.  What an honor to behold!   What’s more- Nia can really burn off the stress after a long, trying day for students and teacher alike.   When it’s time to step-out of our practice, a warm, peaceful glow fills the room and tends to follow us home.

Here’s what her students are saying… 

“Nia means gaining balance both mentally and physically. Everyone can benefit from Nia for the pure joy of dance and freedom of accepting one's self. Nia means to me: Nurture Inner Awareness!”

“Nia is a good way of working up a healthy sweat without hurting your muscles or joints.  It is nice to laugh while you are exercising.”

“I feel that Nia is a wonderful exercise for women my age (65 & over). It isn't that strenuous but vigorous enough to make me really sweat and in the morning when I wake up I am not sore. The music is very soothing, too- it really gets you to bring out your inner feelings.”

Rebecca Narva

Classic Nia Class

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6:30pm

Day: Tuesday

Time: 6:30pm

Cost

FREE SUMMER Nia outside in fabulous Rittenhouse Square at 6:30, pm.  All comers welcome as we dance on the grass under the gorgeous trees in one of Philadelphia's most beautiful parks. Great Restaurants all around in Philly's prime neighborhood.

Notes About This Class

This is a weekly class and open to anyone who wants to step in.  Rebecca Narva, Black Belt will be teaching along with other area teachers. We will be dancing on grass and shoes are recommended as this is a public city park, but you can go bare foot if you dare!!!  Wear layers according to the temperature.  Our first dance was last week and we were joined by two little girls, a middle aged man whose shy teenage son joined in and then another very enthusiastic young man jumped in too.  So fun and just getting started!!!

Upcoming Events

November
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Rebecca Narva

Joyful Way; introduction to The Nia Technique

Event Type: Workshop

Start: Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 1:00pm

End: Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 3:00pm

Location

2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Cost

Cost is $35

Notes About This Event

Welcome to the Nia Technique, a magical and mindful blend of Martial Arts, Dance Arts and Healing Arts that is founded on the principal of delight. In this introductory workshop, you will experience a movement tour of your body, demonstration and practice of some basic moves and the principals behind then and then together we will put it all together in the experience of a Nia class from step in to step out. All fitness levels welcome. Class is barefoot and wear comfortable light clothing.  2 hour workshop $35.  Please register ahead of time with Wake Up Yoga, wakeupyoga.com

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